Madrid, Spain—The Camera Grand Prix is held annually by the Camera Journal Press Club (CJPC, Japan). CJPC is a group of representatives from magazines or websites specializing in photos as well as cameras. Moreover, established in September 1963, CJPC currently has 10 members from the media.
Each year CJPC’s selection committee, organized under the auspices of its Camera Grand Prix Executive Committee, deliberates and selects the best products for its four awards. Products introduced into the market during the previous fiscal year (April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018) are eligible for the awards.
TIPA (Technical Image Press Association), a worldwide association of 30 photo-imaging-related publications from 14 countries, joined the committee in the selection process. Moreover, TIPA member Jean-Christophe Béchet represented TIPA at the event.
Camera Grand Prix Awards
The Camera Grand Prix (Camera of the Year) is awarded to a still camera viewed as the best of all released during the designated period. Lens of the Year goes to the best lens launched in the Japanese market. In addition, the votes of general camera users cast on the organization’s dedicated website determine the winner of the Readers Award. The voting period was from March 23 to April 12, 2018.
Furthermore, CJPC members grant the Editors Award to a camera or another form of photography-related product, excluding the product awarded Camera of the Year. The criteria for the Editors Award are the product’s popularity, topicality and innovations. This year, two cameras were selected for this award.
The selection committee included CJPC members, chief editors (or managing directors) of CJPC member publications, external members entrusted by the Camera Grand Prix Executive Committee, as well as other special members. They included academic experts, technical writers, professional photographers and also representatives from photo-related organizations such as TIPA.
The 2018 awards are as follows.